Early lifestyle changes could prevent Alzheimer's

July 19, 2011 9:42:08 AM PDT
New research suggests millions of cases of Alzheimer's disease could be prevented by curbing risk factors such as lack of exercise, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity.

U.S. researchers developed a mathematical model based on seven conditions or behaviors which account for up to half the 35 million cases of Alzheimer's around the world.

They found that, globally, improving education and keeping minds sharp would help the most to prevent future cases of dementia.

In the United States, sedentary lifestyles and depression would have the biggest prevention impact.